Meet the charity team

Our charity team are here to help you with any queries or questions you have.

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Our Charity team comprises of staff and trustees who all have different roles but share a common goal of making a real impact. We are dedicated to raising funds that can truly make a difference in the lives of patients, staff, and visitors across all our hospitals.

The Fundraising Team

Lynda Head

Lynda Head - Head of Fundraising

Hi, I'm Lynda and I head up the charity. I'm really proud to lead a team that converts passion into success enhancing the wellbeing of both NHS staff and patients.

Marina Christopher

Marina Christopher - Fundraising Office Manager

Hi, I am Marina Christopher, and I am the Charity’s Fundraising Office Manager. As the ‘organiser’ of the team, some of my responsibilities include line management and writing reports to the Charitable Funds Committee. I love working with a group of people that are so passionate about fundraising and doing their best for patients, visitors and staff.

Torren Mahmut

Torren Mahmut - Community Fundraiser

I have been the Charity’s Community Fundraiser for several years and I have the best job on the team! I’m responsible for going out in the community, meeting people and showing everyone what an amazing Charity we are. 

It’s a privilege to go out into the community and tell people about our incredible Charity that does so much for the community. I am always walking around with a smile on my face, so if you do spot me, don’t hesitate to say hello!

Michelle Fox

Michelle Fox - Fundraising Office Co-ordinator

Prior to joining the charity, I worked at NELFT in their Training and Development team. Moving across NHS trusts to join the charity was the best decision I ever made.

The best thing about working in the charity is that no two days are the same. What I look forward to most is Christmas time, I can’t wait to help the charity spread some Christmas cheer to all the patients.

I am an avid crafter with a whole room in my house dedicated to my crafting. I also love travelling and have lots of cities around the world I would like to visit.

Kyra Swaby

Kyra Swaby - Marketing and Community Officer

Hi, I'm Kyra! Promoting and showcasing all the fabulous things we do as a charity is one of my favourite things about working here. It's amazing to be part of a great team and to help and support people in the community who need it the most. 

I also love meeting new people, travelling to different places and experiencing new scenery. 

The Finance Team

Our Charitable Funds Committee members


The Charity has a corporate trustee: the Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust. The NHS Trust Board devolved responsibility for on-going management of funds to the Charitable Funds Committee that administers the funds on behalf of the corporate trustee.

The Charitable Funds Committee (CFC) includes four external members (one being the Chair) who have been enlisted by the corporate trustee. Members are enlisted to give a good mix of appropriate professional skills e.g. medical, finance, fundraising, marketing, promotion and investment.

Members are required to disclose all relevant interests and register them with the corporate trustee and withdraw from decisions where a conflict of interest arises.

Key Management Personnel

Along with the members attending the Charitable Funds Committee, other members consist of staff representatives (in accordance with the charity’s Terms of Reference), the charitable funds accountant and head of fundraising. The fundraising and administrative staffs are employed by the Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust and their salaries are paid by them.

Our current CFC members: 

  • Sue Lees - Interim Charity Chair
  • Lara Sonola - Charity Chair Designate
  • Mike Gilham
  • Sean Green
  • Ann Hepworth
  • Helen McKenna
  • Dione Rogers
  • Lesley Seary
  • Linda Storey

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